NEWARK, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — An Irvington, N.J., man pleaded guilty Wednesday to sexually assaulting two boys under the age of 14.
John Melvin Moses Jr., 44, admitted in court that he was a friend of the victims’ family, and touched the boys inappropriately for his own sexual gratification, Essex County prosecutors said. Moses rewarded the boys for allowing him to abuse them by letting them use his electronics, prosecutors said.
Moses is already a registered sex offender, with a 2006 conviction for third-degree endangering the welfare of a child by sexual contact, prosecutors said.
“This is a just resolution of the case because we’re getting a repeated sexual offender off the streets,” Assistant Prosecutor Gigi Scoles, who tried the case, said in a news release. “Resolution by way of plea allows us to protect the victims’ privacy and avoid further trauma to them from a public trial.”
Moses is expected to be sentenced to a 10-year term under the No Early Release Act, which requires that he serve 85 percent of his sentence before any eligibility for parole. Upon release, he must register as a sex offender again and will be under parole supervision for life.
Sentencing is set for March 8 of next year.
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